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Gun violence: Ending a culture of killing

The Connecticut Post -- Op-Ed

March 13, 2013

After the massacre in Newtown put a spotlight on firearms and gun violence, we've seen tidal waves of the horrible and the promising.

Charity Takes Gun Lobby Closer to Its Quarry

The New York Times


On a Monday evening in early February, two months into a national debate over gun violence after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, representatives of the firearms industry were wining and dining lawmakers in Washington.

Seal hunt off Nova Scotia scrapped because there is no market for pelts

The Times Colonist

February 26, 2013

SYDNEY, N.S. - A group of Cape Breton seal hunters say they've decided to call off the annual slaughter on Hay Island.

Spokesman Robert Courtney says the hunt has been suspended because there is no market for the pelts.

The annual hunt for grey seals usually takes in a few hundred seals every spring.

Hay Island is a small spit of land that is part of the Scatarie Island wilderness protected area, near Main-a-Dieu.

The sealers did not go to Hay Island last year, either.

Take Action to Stop Mamaroneck, NY Goose Slaughter


Contact: Edita Birnkrant, NY Director

Mamaroneck, NY Set to Slaughter Canada Geese in Parks
Calls to Mayor Norm Rosenblum Needed to Stop the Killing

Fifty (not 30) Protesters Rally Against Squirrel Slam

Dueling protests mark western NY squirrel hunt

Associated Press

HOLLEY, N.Y. - A weekend squirrel hunting contest to raise funds for a western New York volunteer fire company drew about 30 animal rights protesters and a heavy police presence following heated criticism of the once obscure event.

Squirrel shoot fund-raiser in New York town goes on despite protests

The LA Times

By Tamara Jones

Friends of Animals state director Edita Birnkrant said she was unable to get through to the mayor or fire chief to make her matching-funds offer.

"The town clerk told me, 'You don't understand, every official in this village is 100% behind this event. Our values, our way of life, our culture, is about hunting.'

"I'm pretty sure if we had offered $100,000, they wouldn't have canceled it."

Holley, NY Has Gone Nuts

Friends of Animals Protests "Squirrel Slam" Killing Contest at Holley Fire House, Saturday, Feb 16th 3 pm-6 pm

Contact: Edita Birnkrant, FoA NY Director
cell: 917-940-2725

New York-Friends of Animals is holding a protest outside the Holley Fire House, 7 Thomas Street, from 3 pm-6 pm, on Saturday, Feb. 16, to oppose the town's annual "Squirrel Slam,"-a squirrel-shooting contest for children and adults sponsored by the Holley Fire Department.

Squirrel Slam fundraiser called off the mark

The Times Union

By Casey Seiler

ALBANY - The squirrels of Western New York have a friend in the state Legislature, but he comes from Queens. State Sen. Tony Avella, a Democrat, was joined by animal advocates at the Capitol on Monday to denounce the Hazzard County Squirrel Slam, a hunting event set to be held Saturday in the town of Holley, located on the eastern side of Orleans County north of Rochester.



Contact: Edita Birnkrant, FoA NY Director
cell: 917-940-2725